All-American: Jerry Thompson
Jerry Thompson, G - 1959
Jerry Thompson earned All-America honors in 1959. He was the only member of that Sooner squad to receive national honors. Rugged and tough, Thompson broke his nose three times during his career at OU. Most of his teammates commented that his nose had been replaced with a ski jump.
While not only possessing great blocking skills, the Ada native was also a punishing tackler. When asked about a football pile, he said he loved to be on the bottom. "If you're on the bottom, you probably got the first tackle and started the whole thing. That oughta make you feel real proud," Thompson said.
Also an outstanding student, Thompson was named to the academic all-conference team in 1959. He was drafted in the ninth round by the Buffalo Bills in 1960.